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Handicap Regulation Changes for 2016

CONGU changes for 2016 

Following a recent CONGU meeting several changes have been agreed. These will take effect on 1st January 2016.

These changes will be applied to your handicap software following your club's annual update from your supplier.

Please download and read the full document and inform your members of the changes. 

Download full document here 

Strategic Plan

Successful golf clubs have revealed their methods of recruiting and retaining new members: they’re flexible, friendly and they offer low-cost ways to try the game.
These key factors have emerged from research commissioned by England Golf to support the development of its new and ambitious Strategic Plan.  The plan sets out to inspire people of all ages to make golf a part of their life.  Its ambitions include reversing the trend of declining club membership and working towards a target of 750,000 golf club members in England by 2020.
A total of 55 clubs were interviewed for the research project, of which 70% were private members’ clubs, 24% proprietary and 6% pay and play. All had all increased their memberships during 2012 and seen that hold firm in 2013. In many cases it has increased again.
Richard Flint, England Golf’s Club Services and Development Director, said:  “These clubs, which are all bucking the national trend, have been very generous by describing their successful strategies and we can now share this best practice to grow the game.”
The research was carried out by SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC. which concludes: “The three key principles which our interviewees have applied could easily be deployed across the country and could potentially reap rich rewards without profoundly changing the way the clubs operate.”
The clubs all placed emphasis on:
•    Flexible membership packages - these recognised that one package no longer fits all and that the member who plays occasionally is still a member worth having. These schemes particularly target the younger golfer, aged up to 40.
•    Friendliness – a friendly, convivial environment, where it is easy to socialise and find people to have a round of golf with, was found to be hugely important in attracting new members. Some relaxing of the rules, for example concerning jeans, trainers and mobile phones, was common.
•    Low-cost ways to get into golf – clubs sought ways to help people try golf without a big initial expense. These include ‘have a go’ days, involving existing members and offering an opportunity to enjoy the facilities, and trial memberships.   Many of the clubs also made use of outside help to promote their club amongst members or visitors, for example by achieving the GolfMark award for junior and beginner-friendly facilities, and by working with England Golf’s Club Services department and with their County Golf Partnership.

England Golf Committees

England Golf invites applications for the following vacancies within its team. 

  • Development Committee – 1 vacancy
  • Championship Committee 1 vacancy 
  • Club Services Committee – 1 vacancy
  • Handicap & Course Rating Committee – 1 vacancy
  • Marketing & Sponsorship Committee – 4 vacancies
  • Performance Committee – Chairman

England Golf committees normally meet up to four times per year and reasonable and necessary expenses for attendance at meetings will be reimbursed. Please note these positions are open to members of any affiliated golf club in England and there is no requirement for the application to be either nominated or seconded by the golf club or county union/association.  Should you be interested in applying, please download the role descriptions here and apply using the committee application form available here, alternatively you can go to the England Golf website. Closing date for applications 7th March 2014 at 1.00pm.

2014 GolfMark Club of the Year

Three golf clubs, each with a wonderful record of encouraging juniors and beginners, have been shortlisted for the prestigious 2014 GolfMark Club of the Year award, supported by COBRA PUMA GOLF.

They are: Cookridge Hall Golf Club, Yorkshire; Norwood Park Golf Club, Nottinghamshire; and Strawberry Hill Golf Club, Middlesex.

The winners of the GolfMark Club of the Year award will be presented with a trophy and a prize from COBRA PUMA GOLF at a celebration dinner in April.

GolfMark is an England Golf initiative which recognises junior and beginner-friendly clubs. It was introduced in 2006 and Ruddington Grange in Nottinghamshire recently became the country’s 700th GolfMark club. 

This award, now in its sixth year, recognises GolfMark clubs which have shown an outstanding and innovative contribution to developing the game through a range of activities.

The three finalists were among 17 nominated clubs, all of a high standard, and were selected by a judging panel from the England Golf Partnership.

The other clubs nominated were: Billingham, Durham; Boughton, Kent; Blue Mountain, Berkshire; Carus Green, Cumbria; Cuckfield, Sussex; Dereham, Norfolk; Ealing, Middlesex; Launceston, Cornwall; Mullion, Cornwall; New Mills, Derbyshire; Shirland, Derbyshire; St Austell, Cornwall; The Oaks, Cheshire; Weymouth, Dorset.

Garon Park Golf Club in Essex was the 2013 winner of the Golfmark Club of the Year award, following Bawburgh, in Norfolk, in 2012. To view video clips on both clubs please click here. 


As a member of Newark Golf Club your handicap details are now included within the club's records on the England Golf Central Database of Handicaps (CDH).

You have automatically been allocated a unique CDH ID number by our club's handicapping software, identifying you individually on the CDH. This allows you immediate access to your exact and playing handicap online. It also means that you will no longer be required to produce a Handicap Certificate when playing in away competitions as those clubs can access your playing details through the CDH.

You can now activate your CDH ID number by completing the registration process here. It will only take a few minutes, simply enter your information where prompted.

This unique CDH ID number also ensures that all your away scores are automatically routed back to our Golf Club  as your home golf club, helping keep your handicap up-to-date at all times.

Importantly, your CDH ID number also identifies you as a member of England Golf and will provide access to additional benefits and discounts through the England Golf Handicap and Benefits programme.

Once registered your CDH ID number will remain with you for the time you are a golf club member. You will then have unlimited, free access to your official CONGU® Handicap as it changes during the playing season, keeping track of your progress and identifying you as a current golf club member when playing at any other golf club.

If you have already registered then please ignore this email and thank you!

Register now by clicking the link below:

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